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Toys Went Berserk

Toys Went Berserk was a Sydney-based, post-punk outfit that formed in late 1985. It consisted of members who had previously been in various indie bands such as Box of Fish (Bill Quarry, bass), Lavender Disaster (Coo Bennett, vocals), Happy Hate Me Nots (Mark Nicholson, drums) and Dusk Furrow (Andy Jarvis, guitar).


Toys Went Berserk was noted for their energetic live performances, and their music,which was quite distinctive in the Sydney scene.


They released numerous records, including six singles and three albums (two on vinyl and one CD), and toured in the US and Australia. Their goth-influenced version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was also featured on Andrew Denton's ABC-TV program The Money or the Gun, and was later released on the compilation album of the same name.


The band recorded their last album, Sensory, at Fort Apache studios in the United States, with the Pixies' producer Gary Smith at the helm, and returned to the U.S. the following year to tour. Toys Went Berserk supported international acts The Cramps, The Sugarcubes, The Fall, Dinosaur Jr. and The Selector during their 6 year lifetime.

Laneway Music look forward to making their material available early in 2018.

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